Resident Failed to Show That Defendants Provided Poor Wound Care or Caused Amputation

October 30, 2020 | Aging Services Risk Management


In a lawsuit alleging that the failure of a nursing home and a physician to follow a podiatrist's wound care orders caused a resident to require leg amputation, the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Tenth Appellate District, found that the resident needed to provide expert testimony to support his claim but failed to do so. The appellate court thus affirmed summary judgment for the defendants.

During the time the resident lived at the nursing home, he underwent treatment outside the nursing home for wounds on lower extremities, then returned to the nursing home. Allegedly, the nursing home failed to follow the wound care orders of his podiatrist, causing existing wounds to worsen and new ones to develop. His wounds ultimately worsened to the...

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